With the passing of the year 1950 there ends one one of the most dramatic and exciting years in recent history.
It is altogether possible that the next few weeks may show that the beginning of the dreaded third World War occurred in 1950. Or if (as we devoutly hope) the worlds is able to avoid such a catastrophe for a few years more, we can look back upon the past year as one in which the world tottered dangerously upon a precipice and escaped destruction only by the patient love of God.
The new year that lies ahead of us is an uncharted and unknown sea. No ship has ever sailed this way before. The wisest of earth’s sons and daughters cannot tell us what we may encounter on this journey. Familiarity with the past may afford us a general idea of what we may expect, but just where the rocks lie hidden beneath the surface or when that “tempestuous wind called Euroclydon” may sweep down upon us suddenly, no one can say with certainty.
Conditions over the world are so grave that no one who thinks at all is able any longer to maintain a spirit of optimism. The world’s philosophers have long ago ceased to preach peace, except as a goal toward which the nations should frantically struggle even while they have but little hope of attaining it. The best brains of the world have gone into the production of tools with which to destroy the world. And if they do such things in the green tree, what shall they do in the dry?
When Pharaoh was faced with trouble, he sent for Joseph; Nebuchadnezzar in distress called upon Daniel. These enlightened men of God knew the score–they could predict the future and point the way to safety. They were wise with a wisdom not of this world and so were able to face the future with cheerfulness even when they knew how dark and troubled that future would be.
Today also there are a few men and women who can face the coming year without discouragement or terror. They are Christians. They are not smiling optimists who draw their comfort from a denial of the facts or base their hopes upon false expectations of peaceful intentions among nations. Rather, they are of all men the truest realists. They will have nothing to do with fantasy–they demand to know the facts, whether those facts are good or bad. They insist upon squaring their beliefs with the truth, and do not hesitate to face up to any truth wherever it is found.
Now more than at any other time in generations, the believer is in a position to go on the offensive. The world is lost on a wide sea, and the Christian alone knows the way to the desired haven. While things were going well, the world scorned him with his Bible and his hymns, but now they need him desperately, and they need that despised Bible, too. For in the Bible, and there only, is found the chart to tell us where we are on this rough and unknown ocean. The day when the Christian should meekly apologize is over–he can get the world’s attention not by trying to please, but by boldly declaring the truth of divine revelation. He can make himself heard not by compromise, but by taking the affirmative and sturdily declaring, “Thus saith the Lord.”
Whatever the world does in the years ahead, and whatever happens among mankind, true Christians have no cause for worry. They are safe forever by a covenant of blood and are dearer to God that the apple of His eye. No night can be dark enough to put out their light, no fire hot enough to burn them, no flood severe enough to drown them on their journey. The winds and waves are their friends and the stars in their courses fight for them. God is at their right hand, and they shall not be moved.
Let us then face tomorrow with praise and song; let us live in a state of perpetual worship. For are we not kept by the power of God “until the coming of a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time”? And the “last time” may be nearer than we think.
TOZER EDITORIAL: WE FACE TOMORROW WITHOUT FEAR is from the Alliance Weekly 30 December 1950
WE FACE TOMORROW WITHOUT FEAR is also found in , Chapter 3 of This World: Playground or Battleground? Although it is an edited version of the above editorial.